How to Unclip and Take Off Peloton Shoes? (Beginners Guide)

The question of buying the right pair of Peloton shoes is by far the most important one in terms of the role the shoes play in your workout. And followed by this question, you need to know the correct way to put on and take off your shoes.

Who doesn’t know how to wear a shoe, right? So in your opinion, this is probably not a topic for discussion. But when it’s about Peloton or professional cycling, minor things like wearing shoes need to be considered. According to the famous bike rider Jan Ullrich – 

“I have seen many lean riders in the Peloton, but very few tour winners”

The speech has an indirect relation with the utmost importance of clipping and unclipping shoes on your bike. With that being said, we will be talking about how to unclip and take off Peloton shoes after your workout.      

How To Unclip and Take Off Peloton Shoes Normally?

The process of clipping into your Peloton bike’s pedals might be known to you. Otherwise, you would have needed to learn that before reading this article. First, we are going to take a look at the process of unclipping your Peloton shoes from the bike under normal situations. 

Step 1: Stop Pedaling and Bring Your Bike to a Stop

After finishing your workout, decrease the pedal speed slowly until your bike comes to a stop.

Alternatively, you can instantly stop the bike by pressing down the resistance knob. But we suggest you not do that for the sake of you and your bike.

Step 2: Bring the Pedal to a 6 O’clock Position

It is better to unclip the dominant foot from the pedal first. Meaning, unclip and take off your right foot first if you are right-footed. And the rule is for the same if you are left-footed. 

Bring the dominant foot at 6 o’clock position, At this position, press the resistance knob down. This movement will help stabilize the peloton pedals.

Step 3: Unclip Your Shoes from the Pedals

Okay! Now it’s time to clip out. While keeping the foot to the 6 o’clock position, twist and kick it away from the pedals. You may feel a little resistance, which creates from the reaction force of the cleat and pedal connection. As your shoes were clipped into the bike securely, it is quite normal to feel it.

When you release one leg, you can get off the bike, leaving the other leg on the pedal. Once you are able to take one foot on the floor, you can lift the other foot easily. Just kick your heels outwards with moderate force and that should release the other foot.

This will not only unclip the shoes from the pedals but also allow you to take them off freely.  

How To Unclip and Take Off Peloton Shoes When You Are Stuck?   

Great! At least now you know the process for lifting off your shoes from the Peloton bike under normal circumstances. But if you are stuck? What if you face difficulty in releasing your foot? 

That is why you need to know the following procedure – 

Step 1: Take off Your Feet Leaving the Shoes on the Pedals

When your Peloton shoes or cleats are stuck on the pedals, the very first thing you need to do is take your feet off the shoes so that you can easily get off your bike. If the shoe remains stuck on the pedals after removing your foot, leave it as it is. 

Step 2: Turn the Dominant Pedal to the 12 O’clock Position

Move the pedal to the 12 o’clock position, in which your shoe is stuck. You can also lock both pedals at a suitable position rather than keeping one to the 12 o’clock position.

We have added this step to ease the overall process. If you’re smart enough, you don’t have to follow it.  

Step 3: Hold Down the Resistance Knob and Twist it to the Right

If you are facing trouble clipping out of your bike, we suggest holding the resistance knob and turning it to the extreme right. While turning the knob in the utmost right direction, you will feel some resistance. Thus, this will indicate the pedals are stable and will not move. 

But make sure your pedals are in position before you tighten the resistance knob. 

Step 4: Locate and Loosen the Tension Screw of the Pedal 

While the pedal is remaining upside down, twist it to locate the tension screw on the bottom of the pedal. Once you see the tension screws on under the pedal, get a suitable 3mm hex key or 4mm Allen key (depending on your pedal). Use it to loosen the tension screws of the pedal. 

It is not wise to loosen the tension screws frequently as this can damage the pedals. Again, don’t keep them over loosen to avoid getting disengaged. Loosen the screws lightly until the pedals lose the grips over the cleats.

Step 5: Remove the Cleats from the Pedals

Once you flip the pedal back to its normal position, you will notice the peloton logo. Press down on it with your palm while holding the tension clip with the other palm. If that doesn’t work too well, then try to twist the cleats and press down again.

You may have to apply moderate pressure. Don’t worry! Applying a little pressure won’t break the cleats or the pedals. It is effective to pry the cleats sideways from the pedals while applying pressure.

Viola! This is how you can successfully escape your shoes from the pedals. We hope the following video offers an in-depth demonstration to unclip and take off your shoes when they are stuck. As it is said that – you can learn better by watching instead of reading. 

Quick Tips For Unclipping Peloton Shoes –

Time’s up! Time to get off the Peloton bike. We have made some quick tips so that you can take a look at the severe facts at a glance if you are running out of time. We will recap the process along with mentioning some considerations that are important to remember when your Peloton session is over.

  • Throw your heels up or away keeping your cleats attached to the pedals. Please apply moderate force if you are facing resistance due to the strength of the cleat connection.
  • Once you have unclipped and taken off your shoes from one pedal, it is very easy to remove them from the other one. 
  • If you are having difficulty, we recommend you fully lean on the pedals by tightly gripping the bike’s resistance knob.
  • At the bottom of the bike’s pedals, there are tension screws. Do not loosen them, else your pedals can seriously get damaged. 

Final Words

Finally, we come to the end of today’s discussion where we have shown how to unclip and take off Peloton shoes. We guess you won’t have any problem taking off your Peloton shoes after finishing your workout.  Along with that, you won’t be facing problems removing your Peloton shoes when they are stuck on the pedals. 

So, it is best to know that every part related to Peloton is very important to acknowledge. Once you have mastered it, implement your knowledge in every possible way to ensure pleasing results when you are spending time on your Peloton. 

As always, thanks for reading this article. We hope we were able to teach you something very useful in this article.

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